by Briana Bierschbach
Published: May 1, 2013
Tags: Brenda Cassellius, budget bill, Dan Patch freight rail line, Deb Hilstrom, Destination Medical Center Authority, Education Finance, government shutdown, Mark Dayton, Mary Liz Holberg, Mayo Clinic, Metropolitan Council, Minnesota Legislature, Paul Marquart, Ron Erhardt, Ron Latz, special education, Transportation
Traveling in the House and Senate budget bills are dozens of little-discussed provisions that could become sticking points in final negotiations.
The Metropolitan Council has launched a second batch of roundtable discussions as it prepares the regional planning guide it must produce each decade.
by Mike Mosedale
Published: July 3, 2012
Tags: Amy Klobuchar, Asian Carp Task Force, Betty McCollum, carp, CARP Act, Chip Cravaack, Collin Peterson, Department of Natural Resources, Friends of the Mississippi, Greg Genz, Irene Jones, John Anfinson, John Kline, Keith Ellison, Metropolitan Council, Michele Bachmann, St. Anthony Falls, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Upper Mississippi Waterway Association
As the Dayton administration and environmental organizations push Congress to permit the emergency closure of the navigational locks on the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, two new government studies have detailed the potential costs of action — and inaction.
by Charley Shaw
Published: March 9, 2012
Tags: Alice Hausman, Bev Scalze, Frank Hornstein, Joe Gimse, Judd Schetnan, Metro Transit, Metropolitan Council, Mike Beard, Robert Lilligren, Scott Dibble, Transportation
As the House Transportation Policy and Finance Committee creates its omnibus bill, a turf war over transit systems is playing out among suburban and urban legislators.
The Republican transportation chairs in the state House and Senate plan to charge into the 2012 legislative session with the beginnings of an effort to take away the Metropolitan Council’s traditional role in overseeing transit.
by Charley Shaw
Published: October 12, 2011
Tags: Arden Hills stadium site, Mark Dayton, Metropolitan Council, Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, Minnesota Vikings, Ramsey County, Susan Haigh, Ted Mondale, Tony Bennett, Vikings Stadium
The numbers contained in a much-anticipated Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission report will require the Minnesota Vikings and Ramsey County to come up with more cash in order to sell their stadium deal at the Legislature. And that fact appears to lend credence to widely circulated reports that a renewed push from Minneapolis interests is in the works.
by Charley Shaw
Published: August 31, 2011
Tags: bonding, David Hann, John Schadl, Larry Howes, Margaret Donahoe, Mark Dayton, Metropolitan Council, Michael Beard, Minnesota Sex Offender Program, MNSCU, Southwest Corridor
State agencies have submitted their preliminary requests for construction projects that they would like to see funded in preparation for a bonding bill during the 2012 legislative session
Legislative leaders in Minnesota are eager to remake the Metropolitan Council, and the biggest prize for the Republicans now running the legislative show in St. Paul is transit, a major part of what the $750 million-plus Met Council does.
Transportation funding represents a minuscule portion of the state’s overall general fund spending. In the current biennium, $166 million goes toward transportation spending out of a total budget of more than $30 billion. Roughly three-quarters of the transportation budget is funneled to the Metropolitan Council, the regional planning agency that operates the Metro Transit bus system.
A Minnesota Vikings stadium bill hasn't been officially introduced yet, but its proposed funding sources are already drawing skepticism from people like Ray Crump.
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